Over 3000 years old, acupuncture is a technique used to move and harmonize energy.
In Chinese medicine, pain and imbalance in the body are caused by imbalance or obstruction of energy in the meridian (or channel) system which runs in a very specific way throughout all parts of the body. Acupuncture points are places along these meridians where needling has proven to restore the proper functioning of the channel and its associated systems. There are 20 channels, 12 organs systems, and about 365 acupuncture points. An acupuncturist will usually use anywhere from three to twenty points to achieve results. Acupuncture needles are tiny medical tools made of sterile stainless steel and used only once.